Union Family Practice
In 1980, Union Family Practice was established in Monroe by two graduates of the CMC Family Medicine Residency Program. Over the years, it has grown to six full-time equivalent family physicians. In 1997, the group moved into a large, modern facility with a designated module for the residents' continuity clinics as well as incorporation of other features to facilitate graduate medical education. The center was updated again in 2013. The resident module has six examination rooms, a procedure room, preceptor/resident work room, a large nursing station and resident workstation. The examination and procedure rooms are connected via a closed circuit television system to facilitate clinical education. Union Family Practice is equipped as any modern family practice office would be - with an administrative area; laboratory, radiology suite, and treadmill/endoscopy rooms; a large staff lounge; and well-equipped conference room. It is located in a newly developed medical park approximately one-half mile from Carolinas Medical Center-Union.
Carolinas Medical Center-Union
A 247-bed, JCAHO-approved general hospital, CMC-Union is the main teaching hospital for the second and third year residents of this residency program. It is a modern, efficient, and well-staffed facility with a cancer center, cardiovascular center, women and children's center as well as diabetes, rehabilitation and sleep disorders centers. It has a medical staff of more than 320 physicians with over 24 specialties represented. CT, MRI and interventional radiologic procedures are also available on-site. A call room for the residents, several conference rooms, and the office of the coordinator, residency director and assistant director are located in the hospital. Unlike many community hospitals, the hospital occupancy rate at CMC-Union is high. CMC-Union began construction on a new three-story patient tower, with the addition of 25 acute care beds, to its campus in 2012.
Union County Health Department
One of several unique features of this program is the opportunity for the residents to receive a significant portion of their clinical education - especially in women's health, including maternity care, and care of children - at the Union County Health Department (UCHD). UCHD is located in a modern and spacious facility approximately one mile from CMC-Union. It caters to the general health needs of the underserved people in Union County. It offers the family medicine residents an opportunity to work with a large Spanish speaking population. It is at these clinics that the residents follow continuity maternity care patients until delivery (thereafter, the families may be followed at Union Family Practice in the residents' continuity clinics). The health department's supervising faculty are physicians employed by the health department and full-time faculty from the residency program. Clinics for colposcopy, family planning, and sexually transmitted diseases provide the residents excellent experiences in women's health. The UCHD is linked via the Internet to electronic medical library services to support resident and staff education.
Carolinas Medical Center
CMC is part of Carolinas HealthCare System, located in Charlotte, NC, and is a national leader in specialized care for a broad range of medical conditions. CMC is the largest research hospital in the region and one of five teaching hospitals in North Carolina. CMC has 874 beds and specialties including neurosciences, orthopedics, rehabilitation, surgery, trauma, women’s services, a transplant center, cancer institute, and the Levine Children’s Hospital. The majority of first year rotations are done at CMC.